Architectural Rendition of the ShedQuarters

2015-08-04-3DMy 12 year old daughter created a somewhat realistic rendition of the ShedQuarters interior. Her design has the actual dimension and captures a really good description of what I described to her. This design takes the dimensions of the ShedQuarters and includes the layout in the yard. Once completed this is the way I envision the ShedQuarters will look.

gofundme-logoA friend of mine gave me the idea to create a Sponsors’ Program. If you would like to be a part of this project go see the campaign at http://gofund.me/shedquarters
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A ShedQuarters

ShedQuarters
The beginning of the shedquarters

There is a worldwide movement of people building, or in some cases converting small backyard sheds into habitable places. I started a project that I call the ShedQuarters in my backyard. We live in a modest and comfortable home, but with five people (3 teenager-ish) even a modest home has few places to getaway. The shedquarters replaces a dilapidated shed that was more rust and dust than shelter or repairable.

I have been looking around the internet for options and came across shedquarters others have built. In some cases they are very elaborate. Others are simple structures of buildings that used to be  garden sheds.

The plans I have come up with include an 8×12′ floor. Inside there will be 8 foot ceilings with insulated and finished walls. I will have it wired by a licensed electrician but will do all the work myself. I have laid awake at nights visualizing every aspect of construction. It is kind of funny that I can “fly” around the shedquarters in my mind and see how each piece comes together. If it turns out like I see it in my mind this will be very nice.

Over time I will add progress reports with pictures. If you want to know more or help in any way please contact me offline or leave a comment below. It is a big undertaking, but one I can already see complete in my minds eye.

Insulating the ShedQuarters Floor

The ShedQuarters will become my office in the backyard. As many days as I work from home now, having an office I can use year round is essential. The plans for the ShedQuarters require an insulated structure. The first step will be to insulate the floor. Once I created the frame I stapled in landscape fabric and built a net underneath the floor. Between the joists I laid R-13 fiberglass insulation. On top of this insulation I laid down 3/8″ (0.95 cm) tongue and groove OSB (Oriented Strand Board) board. I screwed these floor board in with 2 1/2″ deck screws.

Shedquarters Insulated FloorI am surprised that for the most part doing this alone it takes a long time to get simple tasks done. Building the ShedQuarters is something I have been planning for a long time. In our home it is a necessity and the easiest way to “extend” the house without a serious expense.

If you have suggestions, want to help, or share with your friends – feel free.

 

gofundme-logoA friend of mine gave me the idea to create a Sponsors’ Program. If you would like to be a part of this project go see the campaign at http://gofund.me/shedquarters
Even if you don’t sponsor, share it with your friends on social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

 

The Discipline of Project Leadership

Last week I began studying The Art of War by Sun Tzu. While reading some of the tenets of strategy I picked a few of my favorite and re-wrote them to apply toward project management. In my list, I believe a project leader is a disciplined manager who has transcended the basic application of best practices and become a master of the art. The following represent my top four laws for project leadership:

  1. The project leader is evident when the number of applicants exceeds the conscripts.
  2. Project leaders evidence their abilities by accomplishing difficult goals.
  3. A project leader delivers results from the resources at hand.
  4. A project leader is evidenced by the time devoted to the applied enhancement of skills.